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Legal Studies

The American legal system is a complex and dynamic system of statues, legislation and regulations that aims to offer justice for all—but often has unintended or unjust consequences.

Emmanuel's minor in legal studies offers an interdisciplinary look at the workings of the law—from the judicial system and legal reform to issues of justice and injustice from political, philosophical and sociological perspectives. Scholarship of legal studies upholds the College's mission of greater social, economic, and political justice, to all of which study of the law is critical. This minor is ideal for students in any major who are interested in and would benefit from an introduction to the legal system and related public policy issues.

View the 2019-2020 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a minor in Legal Studies


A minor in Legal Studies requires six coures.

1-4. Required Courses

  • PHIL2203      Philosophy of Law
  • POLSC1201   American Politics
  • POLSC2602  Introduction to Law and the Judicial System
  • SOC1203       Crime and Justice

5-6. Electives (choose two)

  • MGMT2301     Legal Environment of Business
  • PHIL2108        Critical Thinking
  • POLSC2603    Problems of Law and Society OR  SOC2100  Law and Society
  • POLSC3209    Public Policy, Law and Psychology
  • SOC2101         Criminology
  • POLSC3607    Constitutional Law

Pre-Requisites:

  • There are no prerequisites for POLSC2603, PHIL2203, and PHIL2108.
  • POLSC3607 requires POLSC1201 to be taken prior to this course.
  • POLSC3209 requires POLSC1201, PSYCH1501 OR PSYCH2203 OR permission of instructor.
  • MGMT2301 requires sophomore status (32 credits) prior to take this course.

By the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • have a thorough understanding of the workings of the judicial system;
  • have a thorough understanding of the often-unintended consequences of the judicial system that contribute to injustices;
  • be able to intelligently discuss and analyze potential reforms that would lead to a more just system of criminal justice;
  • have a clearer understanding of how they might be able to utilize their understanding of the law to a wide range of career opportunities both within the law and as applied to other disciplines.

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